Song Swap with

John Lilly and Brennen Leigh

(West Virginia and Texas)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

At the home of Joe and Bev Angel

Doors open: 2:30 PM, Concert begins: 3:00PM

We are very excited to have two outstanding performing songwriters swapping their songs for our next house concert.  John Lilly is a multi-faceted performer and award winning songwriter who makes his home in Charleston, West Virginia.  His unique blend of music bridges the waters between tradition and innovation, playing original songs that sound as old as the hills and old songs like they were made yesterday.  Mixing his own roots-based original songs with the best of early country music, John offers a lively and entertaining program of American roots music.  John has traveled throughout the US, South and Central America, and the United Kingdom, both as a solo artist and as member of performing groups including the Green Grass Cloggers, Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, Company Comin', and, most recently, Blue Yonder.  In 2005, John won first-place in the Ghost Writers in the Sky songwriting competition for songs in the style of Hank Williams, sponsored by Hank Fest, a Chicago-based music festival, for his song "Blue Highway."  In 2010, John won first place in the Next Great Road Song competition sponsored by Midas Muffler and Spin! magazine, for his original song "Come and Go."  John has released 6 CDs of his original music.

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Brennen Leigh is a songwriter, guitar player, mandolin player and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to cult status across the United States as well as Europe, Scandinavia, and South America.  The thing Brennen has become most famous for is her whip-smart songwriting. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Sunny Sweeney, Austin's the Carper Family, Norway's Liv Marit Wedvik, and American country legend, Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack. She has collaborated with songwriting greats such as Jim Lauderdale, John Scott Sherrill, and David Olney. She was two time Texas Music Awards Best Female Vocalist Award winner, 2016 Ameripolitan Award Nominee, appeared on USA Network's Nashville Star in 2003, and most impressively, was champion of the 1993 Vergas Loon Calling Contest in her home state of Minnesota.  Brennen is a member of country bluegrass band High Plains Jamboree with Noel McKay, Simon Flory, and Beth Chrisman (who performed at Arhaven House Concerts with the Carper Family).  Brennen is also a member of Nashville group Antique Persuasion with Jenee Fleenor and Brandon Rickman.  When not on tour, Brennen can be heard singing gospel and original country music with her vintage arch top guitar (affectionately named "The Blonde") delighting two-steppers and discerning listeners with a sound that is fresh, classic... and unapologetically country.  Brennen has released 4 solo albums, and albums with Noel McKay, High Plains Jamboree, and Antique Peruasion.


"John Lilly is the feel-good version of Hank Williams or Jimmy Rodgers. His songs are about everything and nothing....  Lilly plays and sings according to the old tradition, and his songs often sound as if they are already a century old; at the same time, he can get a fresh and new sound with genuinely old songs" — Moors Magazine

"Brennen Leigh right now is an artist on the rise. With a song cut on the latest Lee Ann Womack record, regular residencies in Austin with the likes of Sunny Sweeney, the Brennen Leigh secret is starting to get out." — Saving Country

"John Lilly's brand of folk fused with country and Americana is a sure crowd pleaser.  Lilly is highly respected amongst folk, country and old-time musicians all across West Virginia, and when you see his incredibly confident, comfortable and easy style of live performance, it's not difficult to see why." — Dr. Tim, On-line Entertainment Guide

"Brennen...has a real gift for writing attractive melodies allied to thoughtful lyrics, deeply rooted in the traditions of country music." — My Kind Of Country

"John delves into the roots of mountain/country music, plays old tunes and songs that are familiar without necessarily being standards and then mixes in his own songs which generally sound like old standards themselves.  His warmth, sincerity and, above all, his genial good humour make him an entirely likeable performer." — John Davy, No Depression

"... (Brennen Leigh's) music...affects you on an intellectual level as well as makes you want to dance." ​— Tommy X Hancock